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  • The NC Wildlife Resources Commission needs 30 deer tongues from the old Pisgah National Game Preserve for a DNA study.

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    September 15, 2015 at 4:58pm

    Wildlife Habitat Management Workshop - August 8. Sandy Mush Game Lands, Buncombe County.

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    Hosted by the QDMA Southern Appalachian Branch and the Western Carolina Quality Deer Management Program.

    Topics include deer habitat requirements, improving forest habitats for deer, early successional habitats, native warm season grasses, food plots, NCWRC technical assistance available to landowners, and the N.C. Tree Farm Program.

    A partnership with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative, University of Tennessee Extension, WNC Wildlife, and the NC Sustainable Forestry Initiative State Implementation Committee, the workshop is geared towards deer hunters and landowners interested in wildlife habitat development.

    NCWRC Burnsville Wildlife Management Crew and biologists will lead a tour of Sandy Mush Game Lands, one of the top rated game lands in western North Carolina.

    http://themountaineer.villagesoup.com/p/qdma-to-host-wildlife-habitat-workshop-aug-8/1383527

    To register for the workshop or for more information, please contact Kyle Brown: kyle.devon.brown@gmail.com (828) 442-2674

    August 03, 2015 at 7:54pm

    Sierra Club member chimes in on Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests management plan:

    http://www.citizen-times.com/story/opinion/contributors/2015/01/03/want-forests-managed/21191715/

    The Forest Service needs to hear from HUNTERS that hunting and wildlife are important.

    Comment period ENDS Monday, January 5. Email: NCPlanRevision@fs.fed.us

    WNC Wildlife recommends:

    1) Support active forest management to improve habitat for wildlife - more early successional habitat, prescribed fire, and mast bearing trees.

    2) Support Management Areas 1 and 2. This is where wildlife habitat improvement activities are allowed.

    3) Support the habitat recommendations of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

    We hope the hunting community will band together and support each other. Please email the Forest Service to support hunting and wildlife!

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    January 03, 2015 at 8:46pm

    http://www.ncwildlife.org/News/NewsArticle/tabid/416/IndexID/9963/Default.aspx

    RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 24, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is joining other organizations in supporting the proposed management areas unveiled by the U.S. Forest Service for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests, located in western North Carolina.

    The U.S. Forest Service is revising its Land Management Plan for Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests, which will guide management activities for the next 10 to 15 years. As part of that process, the Forest Service has established two management areas, or zones, that encompass approximately 700,000 acres where activities, such as wildlife management, sustainable timber harvests, controlled burns or other measures, can be used to create good habitat for a diversity of wildlife species.

    Young forests and brushy areas are in short supply on the national forests and, as a result, many species that need these areas to breed or to obtain food are in decline. These young forest areas are listed as a priority habitat in the CommissionÂ’s Wildlife Action Plan. The proposed management areas provide options to create young forests as well as provide for other types of habitat needed for wildlife.
    “The proposed management areas are very favorable for our precious wildlife resources,” said Gordon Warburton, ecoregion supervisor for the Commission. “We need active habitat management to ensure the survival of many species and this includes carefully monitored and scientifically based timber and forestry practices to restore these critical and limiting habitat types.”

    Some groups have concerns about the proposed management areas, believing that they promote industrial logging and extensive new building of roads, as well as ignore important areas such as trails and recreation areas.

    “This is simply not the case,” said Ryan Jacobs, forest wildlife manager with the Commission. “The Forest Service is mandated to use scientifically based forestry when restoring forests or wildlife habitat and they have to consider special-use areas such as trails.”

    For nearly a century, the USFS has been managing national forests, restoring once cut-over lands with the goal of improving the health, diversity and productivity of forest ecosystems — a goal that Warburton says the USFS has exceeded.
    “This is an American conservation success story,” Warburton said. “The Forest Service is committed to conserving our forests in a fiscally and ecologically sustainable manner.”

    Public comments can be emailed to NCPlanRevision@fs.fed.us, until Dec. 13. For more information about the Nantahala and Pisgah Forest Land Management Plan, the public is encouraged to visit www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc.

    “Everyone who enjoys or supports wildlife, such as sportsmen or bird watchers, is encouraged to support the proposed management areas that help conserve wildlife diversity, interior forests, and connections between habitats,” Warburton said.

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    November 24, 2014 at 10:17pm

    ACTION ALERT:

    ATTENTION NWTF MEMBERS

    National Forest Plan Revision Update

    We previously encouraged all NWTF members to get involved with the revision of the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests Land and Resource Management Plan. While the first meeting stage of the process is complete, comments and other input will be accepted until mid-December.

    It is still early in the process so now is the time to have the voices of sportsmen and conservationists heard.

    Tell the USDA Forest Service how you use public land:

    Wildlife viewing
    Hunting
    Fishing
    Camping
    Hiking
    Ask to USDA Forest Service to consider the following points for wildlife:

    Support habitat and focal area recommendations from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission
    Keep all of the forest open for wildlife management (except for congressionally mandated areas, such as wilderness and Inventoried Roadless Areas)
    Focus on restoring young forests and meet goals specified for new growth habitat as recommended by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission
    Ensure conservation efforts focus on golden-winged warbler, cerulean warbler, wood thrush, ruffed grouse, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, elk, woodcock and diverse bird species.
    Open forest stands by thinning to benefit wildlife
    Promote use of prescribed fire to establish wildlife habitat and reduce wildfire threat
    Ensure all habitat management tools are available to all areas of national forest for completion of projects
    Comments or questions about the plan revision or process can be sent by email to:

    NCplanrevision@fs.fed.us

    Hard copies of comments can be mailed to:

    National Forests in North Carolina,
    Nantahala-Pisgah Plan Revision,
    160 Zillicoa St. Suite A,
    Asheville, NC 28801.

    For more information about plan revision, visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/nfsnc/nprevision.

    November 20, 2014 at 8:31pm

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    November 13, 2014 at 6:28pm

    The 1987 forest plan, as amended, called for 10% Early Successional Habitat (ESH). Nantahala and Pisgah have less than 1% ESH today.

    November 05, 2014 at 8:01am

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    ATTENTION SPORTSMEN

    National Forest Plan Revision Meetings Coming Up

    URGENT!

    We would like to encourage all sportsmen to get involved with the revision of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Land and Resource Management Plan. It is crucial for sportsmen to let their voices be heard during this process. The revised plan will guide management for the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests for the next 15 years. Habitat is the basis for our wildlife populations so it is very important that sportsmen are at the table. We have a great opportunity to influence the plan and we hope you will take this opportunity to do so.

    This opportunity only occurs once every 15 to 20 years! Please attend the meetings the USFS will be having over the next three weeks:

    THESE MEETINGS ARE PERHAPS THE MOST CRUCIAL MEETINGS so far, as the Forest Service is beginning to define their management areas. This sets in motion what they can and cannot do on USFS lands in particular locations for the next 15-20 years. We want to keep options open for wildlife management.

    Each of the scheduled meetings will be from 4:30-7:30 p.m., will follow the same agenda and present the same information and opportunity for review and comment. YOU DON’T HAVE TO ARRIVE AT 4:30 – YOU CAN DROP IN ANY TIME TO MAKE COMMENTS ON MANAGEMENT AREAS.

    Meeting dates and locations:

    Pisgah Ranger District: Oct. 21 at the Forge Valley Event Center in Mills River;

    Nantahala Ranger District: Oct. 28 at the Tartan Hall in Franklin;

    Tusquitee Ranger District: Oct. 30 at the Tri-County Comm. College, Enloe Building in Murphy;

    Appalachian Ranger District: Nov. 3 at Mars Hill College, Broyhill Chapel in Mars Hill;

    Cheoah Ranger District: Nov. 6 at the Graham County Community Center in Robbinsville;

    Grandfather Ranger District: Nov. 13 at McDowell Tech. Comm. College, Room 113 in Marion

    October 18, 2014 at 9:00am

    ATTENTION SPORTSMEN

    National Forest Plan Revision Meetings Coming Up

    URGENT!

    We would like to encourage all sportsmen to get involved with the revision of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Land and Resource Management Plan. It is crucial for sportsmen to let their voices be heard during this process. The revised plan will guide management for the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests for the next 15 years. Habitat is the basis for our wildlife populations so it is very important that sportsmen are at the table. We have a great opportunity to influence the plan and we hope you will take this opportunity to do so.

    This opportunity only occurs once every 15 to 20 years! Please attend the meetings the USFS will be having over the next three weeks:

    THESE MEETINGS ARE PERHAPS THE MOST CRUCIAL MEETINGS so far, as the Forest Service is beginning to define their management areas. This sets in motion what they can and cannot do on USFS lands in particular locations for the next 15-20 years. We want to keep options open for wildlife management.

    Each of the scheduled meetings will be from 4:30-7:30 p.m., will follow the same agenda and present the same information and opportunity for review and comment. YOU DON’T HAVE TO ARRIVE AT 4:30 – YOU CAN DROP IN ANY TIME TO MAKE COMMENTS ON MANAGEMENT AREAS.

    Meeting dates and locations:

    Pisgah Ranger District: Oct. 21 at the Forge Valley Event Center in Mills River;

    Nantahala Ranger District: Oct. 28 at the Tartan Hall in Franklin;

    Tusquitee Ranger District: Oct. 30 at the Tri-County Comm. College, Enloe Building in Murphy;

    Appalachian Ranger District: Nov. 3 at Mars Hill College, Broyhill Chapel in Mars Hill;

    Cheoah Ranger District: Nov. 6 at the Graham County Community Center in Robbinsville;

    Grandfather Ranger District: Nov. 13 at McDowell Tech. Comm. College, Room 113 in Marion

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    October 18, 2014 at 8:59am

    ATTENTION SPORTSMEN

    National Forest Plan Revision Meetings Coming Up

    URGENT!

    We would like to encourage all sportsmen to get involved with the revision of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Land and Resource Management Plan. It is crucial for sportsmen to let their voices be heard during this process. The revised plan will guide management for the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests for the next 15 years. Habitat is the basis for our wildlife populations so it is very important that sportsmen are at the table. We have a great opportunity to influence the plan and we hope you will take this opportunity to do so.

    This opportunity only occurs once every 15 to 20 years! Please attend the meetings the USFS will be having over the next three weeks:

    THESE MEETINGS ARE PERHAPS THE MOST CRUCIAL MEETINGS so far, as the Forest Service is beginning to define their management areas. This sets in motion what they can and cannot do on USFS lands in particular locations for the next 15-20 years. We want to keep options open for wildlife management.

    Each of the scheduled meetings will be from 4:30-7:30 p.m., will follow the same agenda and present the same information and opportunity for review and comment. YOU DON’T HAVE TO ARRIVE AT 4:30 – YOU CAN DROP IN ANY TIME TO MAKE COMMENTS ON MANAGEMENT AREAS.

    Meeting dates and locations:

    Pisgah Ranger District: Oct. 21 at the Forge Valley Event Center in Mills River;

    Nantahala Ranger District: Oct. 28 at the Tartan Hall in Franklin;

    Tusquitee Ranger District: Oct. 30 at the Tri-County Comm. College, Enloe Building in Murphy;

    Appalachian Ranger District: Nov. 3 at Mars Hill College, Broyhill Chapel in Mars Hill;

    Cheoah Ranger District: Nov. 6 at the Graham County Community Center in Robbinsville;

    Grandfather Ranger District: Nov. 13 at McDowell Tech. Comm. College, Room 113 in Marion

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    October 18, 2014 at 8:58am

    Please email the Forest Service in support of active management for wildlife to help our deer, turkey, grouse, etc!

    NCPlanRevision@fs.fed.us

    November 24, 2014 at 10:21pm
    A comment titled: Congratulations in response to a report titled: My 2nd double brow tine buck!

    Congratulations! That's an awesome and a great deer!

    November 13, 2014 at 6:31pm
    A comment titled: Mills River meeting in response to a report titled: Wildlife Alert - Nantahala Pisgah Forest Service Meetings

    First meeting is tomorrow in Mills River!

    October 20, 2014 at 12:48pm
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